Survey: Most Companies Not Accepting Video Resumes



    'LIGHTS, CAMERA ... NO ACTION'

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - In an increasingly competitive job market,
applicants are looking for new ways to stand out from the crowd, but a recent
survey suggests submitting a video resume may not be the answer. Just one in
four (26 per cent) senior executives interviewed said their companies accept
video resumes from candidates.
    The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world's first
and largest staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance. It
was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with
100 senior executives among Canada's 1,000 largest companies.
    Executives were asked, "Does your company accept video resumes from job
seekers?" Their responses:

    
    Yes................................................ 26%
    No................................................. 65%
    Don't know.........................................  9%
                                                       ----
                                                       100%
    

    Although video resumes have become more common, many employers are
reluctant to accept them for fear of bias claims from applicants. "Before
submitting a video resume, job candidates should check with the hiring manager
to ensure the company does not have a policy against their use in evaluating
candidates," said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International
and author of Job Hunting For Dummies(R), 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons,
Inc.).
    While individuals do need to distinguish themselves during the job
search, Messmer points out that just getting the basics right can give someone
an edge. "Writing error-free resumes targeted to each job opening, crafting
customized cover letters that succinctly explain why you are the right person
for the position and maximizing every opportunity to network with others in
your field can often be the most effective strategies for getting hired."

    Robert Half International has more than 360 staffing locations worldwide
and offers online job search services at www.rhi.com.

    
    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Toronto,
    Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg or Vancouver, please contact Jim Dimovski at
    416-350-2330 extension 62024.
    




For further information:

For further information: Jim Dimovski, (416) 350-2330,
jim.dimovski@rhi.com

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